Thursday, October 4, 2007

To torture, or not to torture....

So torture is apparently back in style now everybody.

The San Antonio Express News reported in this article:
that apparently two memos have surfaced that show white house approval for the use of torture tactics when interrogating terror suspects.

I have three major issues with this:

We live in a free society where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. If we are then torturing terror "suspects" that are not yet proven guilty, technically speaking, the United States is torturing "innocent" people. I like to think I live in a much more developed country than one that would treat people as such before knowing the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, right?

Second, didn't we resolve this torture issue years ago? When Guantanamo Bay came under attack there was a giant "no torture" agreement that obviously has no meaning when it comes to our wonderful government.

Third problem, and uber disturbing piece of information found in this article was this little ditty:

"The memos were disclosed in Thursday's editions of The New York Times, which reported that the first 2005 legal opinion authorized the use of head slaps, freezing temperatures and simulated drownings, known as waterboarding, while interrogating terror suspects, and was issued shortly after then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales."

Drowning someone in a tank of water to gain information. That's great, let's give them potential brain damage, and then expect our suspect to give us legitimate, concise information. Are you serious? These are "Alias" style techniques that are unrealistic and sometimes fatal. I don't know what's worse....being waterboarded or having to listen to the pathetic excuses given by our politicians for why they do the sick things they do.

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